Posts Tagged ‘Juices’

PLANTOPLANTO

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125 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver

Tel: n/a

Web: http://www.plantoplanto.com/

Twitter: @plantonorthvan

Advice: No reservations, check out their Foodie Friday bi-weekly feast.

Fruit Chutney & Brie Sandwich with a Quinoa Salad

Fruit Chutney & Brie Sandwich with a Quinoa Salad

Carrot Juice

Carrot Juice

Iced Tea

Iced Tea

 Gluten-free Carrot Cake

Gluten-free Carrot Cake

Specializing in plant-based foods, this mostly vegetarian café is a great to eat in spot for lunch on the North shore. You’ll love sitting at the high-top shared communal table which I did on my visit. I had their delicious Fruit Chutney & Brie Sandwich with a Quinoa Salad on the side that was full of feta, kale, cranberries and almonds. I also had a Carrot Juice as well as an Iced Tea which was the perfect refreshment to go with the yummy Gluten-free Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing in a jar that I had for dessert.

They offer something awesome for their customers and you can take part, every 2nd Friday for only $10 you can taste all sorts of new dishes, it’s like a foodie feast where you can try their newest creations before they end up on the menu. It’s a chance for you to give them feedback on the dishes you like and perhaps you may suggest a tweak, customer involvement is key and this is a great idea. The menu features a great selection of smoothies and juices along with sandwiches, salads and desserts. I can’t wait to try their Black Bean Chocolate Brownies on my next visit.

Review by: Richard Wolak

Juicing in Vancouver

Over the past few years juice bars have been cropping up in neighborhoods throughout the city, some specializing in fresh squeezed juices and smoothies, others organic, and others that are cold-pressed. I visited a selection of these places throughout the city, here are some of these neighborhood juicers who are making life easier for us busy people.

Jill Forster (owner on right) & Michal Urbanek

Jill Forster (owner on right) & Michal Urbanek

Chasers Juice started 10 years ago in Toronto by Richard Chase, this Vancouver location is the 2nd for the company and it’s run by Jill Forster and her husband. They are 3rd generation restaurateurs, previously owned a chain of their own restaurants in the Interior after 25 years in the business they both retired and moved to Mexico. Retirement wasn’t for them, returning to Vancouver, they opened Chaser’s Juice in Yaletown.

Raw juices (unpasteurized) is the focus, they sell in their juice bar and they also sell to a growing list of hotels and restaurants in the Vancouver area including The Shangri-La, Rosewood Hotel Georgia and Homer Street Café, The Distillery, The Refinery, Burdock & Co.

Unique products: Cashew Milk, almond milk, Cocktail juices, health juices, juice cleanses, juice detox

Chasers Fresh Juice

1026 Mainland

Neighborhood: Yaletown

http://www.chasersjuice.com/

Twitter: @FreshJill

 

Tommy Cao (owner)

Tommy Cao (owner)

Dharma Kitchen is a fully vegan restaurant which offers a selection of freshly made smoothies along with a line-up of fruit & vegetable cocktails.

Unique products: organic juices

Dharma Kitchen

3667 W Broadway

Neighborhood: Kitsilano

http://www.dharmakitchen.ca/

Twitter: @dharmakitchen

Reza & TJ (co-owners)

Reza Ghafori and TJ Cooke (co-owners)

Just Juice was co-founded by Reza Ghafori and TJ Cooke who have backgrounds in kinesiology, health and fitness along with bartending experience. They opened in August 2013 serving a loyal clientele from the neighborhood as well as people that trek across town. I have enjoyed many of their smoothies and juices including the “Pina-Ava-Coco-Gaga” (coconut water, milk & meat, Avocado, vanilla & pineapple) and, “Choco-Awesome” (almond milk, peanut & apple butter, raw cocoa, honey, banana, apple & VEGA Protein).

Unique products: Organic smoothies with creative names and wholesome ingredients

Just Juice

1107 Davie Street

Neighborhood: West End

http://www.just-juice.com/

Twitter: @justjuicebar

Nick Lewis (owner)

Nick Lewis (owner)

Krokodile Pear was founded by Nick Lewis who has a background in HR and after some time working for some large companies, he left his career and started another by getting into juicing, specifically Cold-Pressed Juices opening in the summer of 2013.

One thing that struck me in this juice bar, is that they have their juices on tap. Similar to wine on tap, now there is juice on tap. Cold pressed juicing creates the highest quality juice, however it is quite labour intensive which is why typical juice bars don’t use this method.  By storing their juice on tap, they are able to pre-press their juices in small batches, and serve it to customers in a fraction of the time it would take to press it in front of them.  Additionally, cold press juicing introduces less oxygen into juice than a typically juicer which extends the shelf life to 72 hours with minimal nutritional loss.  By serving it on tap in a system without any oxygen exposure, they can serve the freshest juice possible.  They also serve juice on tap so customers can customize their juice or smoothie.

Unique products: Cold-Pressed juices, the juice bar along with their smoothies which are made using their juice.

Krokodile Pear

1867 W 1st Ave

Neighborhood: Kitislano

http://www.krokodilepear.com/

Twitter: @krokodilepear

There are many other juicing companies around the city, some of the others which I have visited previously worth checking out are:

The Juice Truck

Abbott and Water Street (on the corner), Vancouver

Web: http://www.thejuicetruck.ca

Twitter: @juicetruck

Mobile juice and smoothies truck

The Juice Box

@thejuicebox

Home and office delivery service

By: Richard Wolak

OYSTER EXPRESS

296 Keefer Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-684-3300

Twitter: @oysterexpress

Web: http://www.oysterexpress.ca/

Advice: Happy Hour Tues – Thurs from 4-6pm Buck a shuck oysters.

Jamaican Vegi Curry

Located on the Eastern edge of Chinatown, this very cool nautical themed room has rounded windows and is walled of pine wood and dark wood chairs for seating. The oyster bar is the star spot in the room, where you will find them shucking and plating, this is the place for Oysters on this side of town, though it is not only about the Oysters. I visited for lunch and had their Jamaican Vegi Curry ($9) a delicious curry filled with vegetables that was served with a bowl of rice. You will find a selection of house-made curries, steamed mussels, shrimp cocktail, salads, desserts, smoothies, juices, coffees and teas, and of course you will find a large selection of oysters.

If you are on a hunt for oysters, make sure you meet Shawn Chesney, one of the owners who is a master shucker and knows his craft!

Review by: Richard Wolak

Breakfast at Rocky Mtn Flatbread

Suzanne Fielden -Co-Owner Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co

Do you love eating pizza for breakfast ? Now you don`t have to feel guilty, you can start your day right with a selection of breakfast pizzas topped with scrambled eggs, steak, wild boar bacon, chocolate and bananas.

Executive Chef Oliver Zulauf - Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co

Rocky Mountain Flatbread co is a progressively minded pizzeria featuring all-natural, handcrafted cuisine, an idea was born recently when they had a thought of making scrambled eggs for breakfast, and since they are a pizzeria why not top the pizzas with scrambled eggs, wild boar bacon, steak or shrimp, heck they ended up going the full gamut and besides pizzas they are making omelettes, yukon gold potatoes, fruit, granola, muffins and fresh squeezed juices too!

I was in for breakfast recently and tasted a slew of great pizzas, omelets, potatoes, muffins and fresh juice! Here are a few selections of their tasty breakfast treats:

Rocky Mountain Flatbread is now open for breakfast during the weekdays beginning at 8:15am and 9am on weekends. They are located in Kitsilano at 1876 West 1st Avenue and online at www.rockymountainflatbread.ca

By: Richard Wolak

HEALTHEE

UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED
2277 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-569-3100


Twitter: @gohealthee

Advice: Nutritional guide is on the shelf for your looking pleasure. Free parking located nearby in the Kerrisdale parkade.
I have eaten here several times over the past couple of weeks, for a healthy lunch this is the place to go. I love the BBQ Chicken Wrap ($8.95) filled with romaine lettuce, tomato, corn, black beans, cucumber, cheddar & jack cheese, bbq chicken with ranch dressing; and the Chinese Chicken Wrap ($8.95) filled with spinach, mandarin oranges, cucumber, edamame, red pepper, teriyaki chicken with ginger sesame dressing and so far these are my favourite lunchtime wraps that I have been taking to go. The menu selection is extensive with all sorts of different wraps and fillings, salads, soups and chili. They make their own Healthee bagels with all sorts of breakfast and lunch toppings that can be custom made into your own bagel sandwich. You will also find muffins such as the Super Fruit Muffin ($2.50) which I have had as well along with cookies, bars and more.

Wrap To Go

On the liquid side there are Healthee smoothies, juices, and espresso beverages. I hear children sizes of wraps will be on the menu soon, so your kids or your friends kids or the kids at heart will be able to eat Healthee too!

Review by: Richard Wolak

EAST IS EAST

4413 Main St, Vancouver

Tel: 604-879-2020

Web: http://www.eastiseast.ca/

Advice: No reservations, sit anywhere you wish and have a taste of their chai.

Wild Salmon Rice Bowl

Nutty Gypsy

I’ve been coming here ever since they opened this eastside location where I love the ambience and the food. The dining room if you could call it that isn’t anything like you have seen around the city, I can’t really call it cozy but it is very unique. The wooden seats are covered with afghan rugs and the tables are made of wooden logs and the incense burns from afar. Most nights there is live music with musicians on the sitar and other eastern instruments which adds to the pleasure of dining here. I have had most of the Eastern Roti Rolls on the menu, on my most recent visit I had the delicious Wild Salmon Rice Bowl ($8.50) baked miso salmon in coconut milk, lime leaves and red/green thai curry. Also for my beverage I had one of their amazing milkshakes, the Nutty Gypsy ($4.50) made with soy milk and frozen yogurt, mixed nuts, cardamom, cinnamon, and chocolate. I am also a fan of their Turkish Chill and Himalyan High milkshakes.

Review by: Richard Wolak

ORGANIC LIVES

1829 Quebec Street, Vancouver

Phone: 604-505-4599

Web: www.organiclives.org

Advice: Ask questions and listen to the staffs recommendations of menu offerings.

All about goodness and raw organic foods is the draw here at this very large restaurant/café/store located within minutes from Olympic Village.

Open Sesame

Solar Pear Smoothie

I stopped in for lunch and had the Open Sesame ($7)– sesame onion orange bread, Mediterranean patty, cashew-mustard seed sun-dried tomato sauce, sprouts and veggies and to go along with that I had one of their very filling smoothies, the 16oz Solar Pear Smoothie –($6.99) pear, Ginger, whole ground vanilla, raspberry. I like the prepared food section of entrees that are freshly made and ready to go. If you want to enjoy a more relaxed meal then you can sit on the restaurant side and browse from a full menu of healthy offerings and be served gourmet meals. The menu features gourmet raw food and quite a selection at that, from pizzas to salads to salmon and much more. My friend tells me to try the pizza a vegetable flatbread topped with Pinoli cheese, fresh vegetables, pineapple, Peruvian sun-dried olives and fresh pesto; next time I’ll be having the pizza.

I didn’t have room for one of their luscious desserts, so next time I must try the Caramel Cinnamon Pie or the Chocolate Cashew Cheesecake. There are fresh fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, chai and more beverages.

They also carry a large selection of “super foods” (Goji, Maca, Camu Camu), olives, almonds and other good for you foods to take away.

Review by: Richard Wolak

GORILLA FOOD

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101- 436 Richards Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-722-2504

Web: www.gorillafood.com

Advice: cash only, the closest atm is a block away in Harbour Centre mall.

Green Taco

Green Taco

Thai Wraps with Ginger Raisin Chutney

Thai Wraps with Ginger Raisin Chutney

If you are looking for RAW food in Vancouver then Gorilla Food is the place to go, the restaurant is fairly hidden, underground between Pender and Hastings. I had lunch with Charles, a friend of mine who is Vegan and who can appreciate the cuisine served here. I had the colorful and tasty Thai Wraps ($5) Three collard leaf wraps filled with a sprouted sunflower seed and veggie pate, sesame seasoned coleslaw and served with a ginger raisin chutney. My friend had the Green Taco ($6.50) romaine lettuce leaf taco wrap filled with a spicy chili walnut pate, fresh guacamole and salsa. The menu has a pretty good selection of colorful, nutty, healthy, proteins featuring salads, vegi burgers, pizza, falafel, appetizers and snacks, treats and sweets. Next time I want to try Chocolate Sesame Halva ($3) and the Dark Raw Chocolate Fudge ($2.50) Pure cacao and date sweetened chocolate. The fresh lineup of juices, smoothies and creamy almond shakes looked good, the people next to me at the Green Glory ($5.50) kale, apple, celery, lemon, parsley, ginger and seasonal greens; Blueberry Daze ($6.50) blueberries, bananas, hempseeds, almonds. Date. The atmosphere is relaxed and unrushed.

Review by: Richard Wolak

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